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By Michael W. Chapman, CNSNews, January 12, 2021

(CNSNews.com) — Jonathan Turley, a professor of Public Interest Law at George Washington University, constitutional scholar, and columnist, said the censorship tactics of Apple, Google, Facebook, and Twitter present a “major threat to free speech,” and raise questions about a new form of “state media where companies advance an ideological agenda with political allies.”

“[W]e are witnessing the death of free speech on the Internet,” he said at his legal blog on Jan. 11.

In recent days, Twitter has closed President Donald Trump’s account (where he had over 80 million followers), and Facebook has suspended the president’s account through the end of his term. Apple and Google, meanwhile, have stopped providing the app for Parler, an alternative free speech platform.

The tech giants want Parler to comply with their restrictions and apply the censorship policies that they want.  …

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